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RECOGNIZED FOR “BEST PROJECTS’ —Shown at the civic
activity awards luncheon held by the Junior Board of Commerce yesterday are (left to right) Lt. Col. Roswell Rosengren, former president of the National Junior Board and chairman of the Judges’ Committee; Lt. (j. g.) James Mann, who won the plaque for the best project serving the Junior Board internally; Lt. B. J. Nees, 1942-43 president of the Washington Junior Board, and Ferd Nauheim, who was awarded the plaque for the best project in the public interest. —Star Staff Photo. Stoll Tells Court Wife Was Seriously Hurt in Kidnaping •r ihe Associated Press. LOUISVILLE. Ky., Dec. 3.—Th, Government presented testimony ir court here yesterday to show tha1 Mrs. Alice Speed Stoll, 36-year-olc society matron, was injured seriouslj when kidnaped in 1934 by Thomas H. Robinson, jr. Under the Lindbergh law, the death penalty could be invoked il the prosecution can prove its claims Berry V. Stoll, husband of the victim, testified that when he re turned home October 10, 1934, to find his wife missing and "splotches of blood on the bedspread.” he be lieved his wife had been killed. He said he drove to the house of a friend to telephone police, his brother and his father-in-law be cause the wires in his home had been cut. "Then I went back to my home." Mr. Stoll testified. "I stopped and looked in ditches on either side of the drive for my wife's body. From the amount of blood in the house, I thought she had been killed. "Then officers, relatives, the Mayor and Mr. Marshall Bullitt (Louisville attorney and family friend) came. We went into the dining room and read the ransom note, which asked for $50,000.’* Here the note was introduced and United States District Attorney Eli H Brown, 3d. pointed out that it originally read that the late C. C Stoll, father of Berry V. Stoll, had been kidnaped. C. C. Stoll’s name had been deleted and the name o4 Mrs. Berry V. Stoll Inserted. Unnerved by Experience. The witness said that when he saw hft wife on October 16. 1934, after her release, "her lips were torn and bloody from adhesive tape, her head was covered with blood. She was completely unnerved, completely shattered.” Robinson was arrested in 1936 in California after evading Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for two years. Returned to Louisville, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He served six and one-half years at. Alcatraa Prison before obtaining a court or der granting him a jury trial. Woman Who Sued Rubinoff Missing, Husband Reports By the Associated PreFs. NEW YORK, Dec, 3.—Mrs, Pau line La Rocca, 30, known as Peggy Garcia, a night club hat-check girl when her $50,000 breach of promise suit against Violinist Dave Rubinoff W'as thrown out of court in 1937, was reported missing last night. "I think something terrible has happened,” Michael La Rocca of Jackson Heights, her husband, said after notifying New York police. He told them he had not seen her Since she left New York November 2 to visit her father, C. H. Taylor, at Roanoke, Va. Subsequently she visited a niece, Avis Blilely, at Rich mond, Va. , However, the girl’s stepmother said at Roanoke that Mr. Taylor talked with Mr. La Rocca by tele phone a week ago and understood Mr. La Rocca to say he had met his wife in New York since the Virginia visit and that he believed she had decided to leave him. Mr. La Rocca told police that his wife, a pretty blond with grayish green eyes, had $400, three suitcases and two fur coats when she left Richmond and that he understood she had boarded a train for Miami to find a winter home for herself and him. He said he had received mail from her up until the time she left Rich mond. Labor Opposition Delays Seamen's Examinations Objections of union leaders to features of the medical examination program for merchant seamen has delayed its inauguration another two or three weeks, the War Shipping Administration reported yesterday. The health program, scheduled to go into effect yesterday, provides that all sailors signing up on mer chant vessels must submit to a physical examination. The necessity for the examina tions. a WSA official said, is acknowl edged by union representatives to eliminate the danger of infected men spreading communicable diseases Labor opposition centers around the use of company doctors and the setting up of any minimum phys ical standards, which, the leaders charged, could be used to eliminate union men from vessels after the war. Seamen union leaders indicated at a meeting here Tuesday they would be willing to go along with a program that did not interfere with the rights of their members to work en ships. Application of the plan was post poned, the WSA spokesman said until a compromise satisfactory to all parties could be worked out. British Believed Holding Two of Cyclades Islands By <he Associated Press. ISTANBUL, Dec. 3.'—British forces still are believed to be hold ing out on two of the Cyclades Islands, it was reported unofficially (yesterday, but their position prob ably has become untenable since German recapture of nearby Thera 'Santorini Island. Tile Cyclades lie southeast of Greece. A report from Izmir said that during the fighting for Samos Island, the business section of Vathy, the capital, was virtually de stroyed, and the town of Tighani on the southern part of Samos was almost wiped out by bombing and machine-gun fire. Thousands of the island's resi dent's fled to the Izmir region, it was said, and about a third of the population now is in Turkey. In Ankara, an eyewitness said I wave after wave of German planes cold-bloodedly bombed Samos civ ilians on the final day before its evacuation by British and Greek troops. Fruit and Vegetable Price Parley Slated Representatives of service whole salers, the fresh fruit and vegetable branch of the OPA and the Food Distribution Administration will confer here next Thursday on re ports that present wholesale mark | ups discriminate against rural areas ! Among wholesale groups which will be presented are the Interna ' tional Apple Association, the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Associa tion and the National fteague ol Wholesale Fresh Fruit and Vegetable | Distributors. According to Joseph Cavanagh executive secretary of the league present OPA mark-ups make nc provision for the costs of truckers | who carry fresh fruits and vege j tables into the country, although rural areas consume approximately half the supply. The result, he said is that the country areas are not j receiving their share of fresh fruits and vegetables, and many whole salers who deliver into the country are forced to do so at a loss. Detroit Grocer Held Guilty Of Woman's Death in Riol By the Associated Press. DETROIT. Dec. 3.—Recorder’s Judge Joseph A. Gillis yesterday sentenced Napoleon Manning. 43, i colored grocer, to 24 to 15 years in prison on a manslaughter charge that resulted from the fatal shoot ing of a woman during the race rioting here last June. Manning was convicted of killing Mrs. Sally Grabowski. 56. The gro ! cer had testified he fired a revolver j over the heads of a group of white persons gathered in front of his store, in an effort to frighten them away. A stray bullet struck Mrs. Grabowski, who died in a hospital I next day. Flandin Being Watched Pending Purge Inquiry By the Associated Press. ALGIERS, Dec. 3.—A spokesman for the French Committee of Na tional Liberation said yesterday that Pierre-Etienne Flandin, former French premier and later minister of foreign affairs in the Vichy cabinet, was under surveillance pending an investigation by a com mission investigating suspected col laboration with Vichy. The “purge commission” also has been investigating the records of Marcel Peyrouton, former governor general of Algeria, and Pierre Bois son, former governor of French West Africa. The spokesman said an official announcement regarding the three was expected in a few days. He said they were not under arrest. legion Head Urges Prompt Settlement Of Veterans' Claims Recommending a speedup in the settlement of veterans’ claims for disability compensation, National Comdr. Warren N. Atherton of the American Legion charged today that claims filed seven months ago have not yet been settled. He pointed out that while the men were in the service they made allot ments to dependents, to which were added Government allowances, but ( these benefits are discontinued on : discharge. “Having no other income,” he ! added, “the disabled dischargee must : rely on financial assistance from , private or charitable sources. Such : a situation, especially for the combat ! disabled, should not be tolerated.” i Made Recommendations. On the basis of a survey of Ameri- ( can Legion service officers on pend- , ing World War II claims, he said the Legion had made a number of rec- , ommendations to the Government : designed to speed up the settlement ( of claims and to care for the veteran i until the claims are settled. i Some of the recommendations follow: Every serviceman whose disabilities ; jare reparable should be held in the armed forces to receive the maximum ' benefits, of hospital care. The Veterans’ Administration hos pital bed capacity, especially for,1 mental and tuberculous patients, should be enlarged. The War and Navy Departments 1 should permit the assignment of:( Veterans' Administration Rating Boards at the larger discharge points to eliminate delays in adjudicating claims for obvious disabilities. Asks “Mustering Out” Pay. Mustering out pay in amounts de-! pendent on length of service should be made available with a portion payable at discharge and the balance within 30 or 60 days. Other recommendations were con- ! cerned with increasing Veterans' Ad ministAtion staffs, revising records and report systems and changing the i disbursement arrangements. The recommendations were ac jcompanied by a group of case his I tories sent in by Legion service (officers. One reported that a recent survey of State hospitals for the j insane in Northern California , (showed 100 discharged veterans of : (World War II being confined in , these hospitals because of lack of j beds in Veterans’ Administration Police Arrest Woman In Illegal Operation i A woman listed by police as Marv : Rogers Perkins, 47, of the 500 block \ F street N.E. has been arrested and 1 charged with performing an illegal , operation on a 30-year-old housewife j now at Gallinger Hospital. The accused woman was taken i before United States Commissioner < Needham C. Turnage, but arraign- 1 ment was continued until next Mon- ■ day. Meanwhile, she was released i under $1,500 bond. The housewife was reported by ' hospital officials to be recovering j from the operation, which, she told ; police, was performed in an apart- ' ment house in the Northwest sec- ! tion. According to Detective Sergts. ; D. S. Ennis and B. D. 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